Overflowing retention pond causes evacuations in east Denver, police say

DENVER - Denver Police are conducting voluntary evacuations on the east side of the city as an overflowing retention pond caused flooding on Thursday afternoon.

Denver Police said via Twitter at about 3:30 p.m. that voluntary evacuations were occurring in an area from East 11th to East 14th avenues and Wabash to Yosemite streets. RTD buses were staging at 11th and Yosemite to provide shelter to evacuees.

At about 1:30 p.m., Denver Police sent out emergency phone notifications telling residents to evacuate from Colfax Avenue to 11th Avenue and from Verbena Street to Xanthia Street because of high water.

The Denver Office of Emergency Management tweeted that an overflowing retention pond caused the flooding.

Denver crews are working to clear drains and roads as standing water and weather conditions continue to cause problems in areas across the city, The Denver Post reported.

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